Maithil and I recently had a chance to go on a weekend brunch date. We used to be great about planning dates. Post Rian, dates are more spontaneous and revolve around his schedule. Some parents make it a point to have date night once a week. What is your secret to keeping that weekly commitment?
We dropped Rian off with my parents and made our way to Soho to have a late brunch at Jack’s Wife Freda. The wait was about thirty-five minutes at this bustling hot spot. Both the host at the front door as well as our server were sweet and helpful, but not over-bearing. The menu is filled with simple dishes with an elegant twist that elevate the familiar, comforting ingredients. Communal, family-style seating makes for tight, loud quarters. If you plan on having a personal, intimate conversation, this is probably not the place for it (although, odd as it sounds, it’s so noisy that it’s almost intimate). For us, we didn’t care who overheard – we had one of the best conversations we’d had in a while.
The dishes are portioned for one and given the fact we were starving, it only made sense to order three entrees. Each was flavored just right and left you feeling satisfied.
During our meal, Maithil also got half a pint of Hoegaarden – it’s the perfect sized drink for a big meal. Smart offering Freda.
Jack’s Wife Freda lived up to all of it’s praise. We can’t wait to return on another date, this time for dinner. Jack, you are one lucky man to have Freda cooking for you!
Food Tally: Mashed Avocado on Seeded Bread, $11; Mediterranean Breakfast, $13; Rosewater Waffle, $10; Flourless Chipotle Chocolate Cake, $7; Hoegaarden, $4; Total = $45 without tax and tip.
Address: 224 Lafayette Street, NYC, jackswifefreda.com